With advancing technology, medical problems are also advancing which call for services of a doctor and medical staff beyond traditional means. Many rare disorders, complications and emergency case studies could be read about today. Unfortunately most of the times, the patient can’t be helped anymore. It is really because such situations demand for expert knowledge and good timing of the procedure that is not obtainable in all areas of the world. Sometimes even basic medical examinations, diagnosis, consultation and treatments are not open to those in remote locations. At times, the valuable time someone has is eaten up by technical difficulties of traditional telehealth method of clinical cameras, phone and internet connections.
A New Paradigm
The expertise is scarce. The need is manageable but scattered. Telehealth solutions to date have covered activities which range from over-the-phone emotional pet support consultations and advice to supervising a surgery performed by an automatic arm. But there have the technical difficulties and the shortcomings of the technology used. Can a specialist a thousand miles away assess a swing? Can the telecons be used for patient records? Can a bed-ridden patient be saved from the stress of moving to an acute-care facility for an exam? As opposed to bringing a doctor to the patient or the patient to the facility, can the problem or procedure only be studied to the specialist?
The answer is surprisingly yes. For once there’s a simpler way out. Once you present mobility to tasks or problems, they may be easily taken care of. On earth of medicine, what this means is a benefit from technology. The unit that replaces the patient camera in mobile collaboration enables extreme clarity of visual details, freezing and capturing of frames, a wireless easy-to-handle piece of equipment with a two-way telestration, recording and annotation ability. The two-way is achievable because of the expert application on the consulting end of the communication.
Other than to be able to consult across remote locations saving the doctors and medical staff an extended trip for an individual patient and exorbitant expenses for the patient, the device may be used for real time guiding of nursing staff to treat patients who can’t be moved, who’re in prison or other institutions. Even where regular internet isn’t available, people in need could be helped using satellite communication affordably. Procedures such as for instance biopsies and surgeries could be monitored by experienced doctors and pathologists using mobile video conferencing. Good voice quality, ability to add another guest to the session, recording the session for future reference and for patient records, and conducting a differential diagnosis become possible. Medical communities too can collaborate using this to increase their collective knowledge base and awareness.
The ongoing future of telehealth solutions looks optimistic which certainly changes everything for good.